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“The film is not a documentary, but it is based on real-life stories. The crew interviewed the community extensively, including the elders and women, for background information. The plot lines and specifics are based on those interviews and other real-life experiences”
Melina Formisano, Conservation International. In Human Nature interview
“My Africa” transports viewers to an elephant sanctuary in Kenya, where a community is reknitting the bonds that have long enabled people and wildlife to coexist. A young Samburu woman named Naltwasha Leripe, narrated in English by Lupita Nyong’o, takes viewers through her community’s daily life, tending livestock, digging “singing” wells deep into dry riverbanks and rescuing a baby elephant orphaned by a poacher’s gun.
Directed by four-time Emmy winner David Allen, the project was captured with virtual reality cameras in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu County of northern Kenya at the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary, the first elephant orphanage in Africa owned and operated by the local community.